After researching many options, my husband and I decided to stay for a week or so at Jai Vilas in Jaipur. We hoped to have a smooth and comfortable landing spot for our first time returning to India in over 8 years... and we were thrilled with our choice!!
Firstly, Mr. Joy Singh answered my emails quickly and kept in touch as our plans changed. He and his wife, Archana, speak perfect English so it was easy to converse before and during our stay. The guest house is within their family compound, with the guest rooms located off of an upstairs terrace. The rooms are traditionally decorated with understated and lovely color schemes and fascinating black and white photos highlighting the Rajput history. The bed was excellent and their solar hot water system functioned well. The upstairs terace is the perfect spot to enjoy the morning sun or afternoon sunset. The area is peaceful and the family and staff are always helpful and available to answer your every need. Mr. Joy Singh even helped us to locate a long lost friend, in a far away district of Rajasthan, which was a near miracle. He went out of his way to take care of such a request, which is certainly above and beyond the call of duty! For this we were truly grateful.
We chose to eat our meals at the guesthouse and were amazed at the quality of all dishes and the abundance at each and every meal. We felt that the prices were quite reasonable for the ease of not having to run around looking for a good restaurant and for the tastiness and variety of the dishes. We are vegetarian and we felt like royalty, ordering anything we liked and each meal was more delicious than the next. Be sure to ask for the stuffed eggplant and paneer butter masala – out of this world!!!
They also offer non-veg, which we have heard is quite famous as well.
As our stay was over a week, we were offered a discounted rate for our double room and we very much appreciated that offer.
Our recommendation is a full 100% and to add further weight to our verdict, during our stay (November 2013) Conde Nast's Traveller magazine published in their latest issue the top 20 guesthouses in India and Jai Vilas was the only guesthouse honored with ranking in the whole of Jaipur!! So, kudos to Jai Vilas and many, many thanks for a lovely stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jai Vilas is located in the center of the city, in the quiet, posh residential neighborhood of Bapu Nagar. The neighborhood provides guests with an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet is only 10 minutes from the Pink City. Jai Vilas is only a Seven kilometer drive from the airport, five kilometers from the railway station and the main bus stand, and five kilometers from the famous Pink City. Nearby attractions only a stones throw away include: the Rambagh Golf Club, yoga centers, SMS stadium (for cricket matches), and Jawahar kala Kendra (civic center). ... more less
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